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December 11, 2019

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I had high hopes for a book called Expect No Mercy. The subtitle is Outlaws In America’s Waning. It is a thought piece. I think it is an often funny, insightful piece of work.

If you did not already know, by reading this book you will learn that the police play the press like a harmonica. You will learn where the aphorism “If it bleeds it leads” came from. You will learn that the Houston lawyer Paul Looney, who represented a Cossack after the Twin Peaks massacre and who arranged the publication of a Cossacks apology in the Houston Chronicle thinks a Bandido once tried to poison him with a cigar. If you already know all that, I am pretty sure the book can tell you something you did not know before.

The book was the product of my fascination with the way the motorcycle club world evolved to be more of a popular myth than a part of the world people live in. And then the way policeman turned the people who live there into mythic villains.

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Expect No Mercy took two years to write. In November of 2017, after covering the trial of a Bandido named Jake Carrizal in Waco, I wrote on this blog that I expected to publish a book length account of the trial in about six weeks. It didn’t work out that way.

It soon turned out that I did not think I could make people understand how grotesque and unfair the Twin Peaks “Biker Brawl” had been without first giving readers some context in which to put that event. That resulted in a book that is not just about Bandidos and Cossacks but also about Hells Angels, Vagos, Mongols, Pagans Outlaws and Warlocks. It is not just about Jake Carrizal. It is also about Jeff Pike and John Portillo.

The book grew to about 400,000 words. Then I started cutting that down to what it is now, which is about 95,000 words. In the midst of that I testified at a Mongols trial and I wound up starting the narrative of the book at that trial and finishing it, more or less, in Waco. Near the end of that Mongols trial I bleakly began to think of myself as Don Quixote – only instead of picking fights with windmills I kept trying to prove that life was fair. And that went into the book too.

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While I finished the book I neglected this site and lost readers. I used to say that I made a little money from the site but mostly I did it to hold an audience for the books. Now, because of the effort of writing Expect No Mercy I seem to no longer have an audience, the site makes no money and nobody wants to read the new book. Isn’t that ironic? No good deed goes unpunished.

After about two weeks in publication this great white whale I tried to balance on my head has sold a total of 90 copies in both print and electronic editions. Girl Scouts sell more boxes of cookies than that.

A slightly influential book, one that makes Amazon’s Top 100 List, sells about 1,100 copies in paper it’s first month. Out Bad came close to that. A really influential book, one that has the lasting impact of books by Jay Dobyns, Doc Cavazos or William Queen needs to sell about 3,000 books. So far I have sold 60 in paper. So far nobody, none of you who may know who I am and may read this, has written a review of the book on the Amazon. Not a word. The feedback I have gotten so far has been “Hey, do you know your book has the same title as a Nazareth CD?”

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I got a note recently from a motorcycle gang expert. No name. Guerrilla Mail address. He wanted me to take a blog post down and rat some guys out. My favorite part was:

“You busk and panhandle like a depression era bum…. Haven’t you ruined enough cop’s lives? This is my attempt to reason with you. You know that murder is no statute of limitations. You were involved at the very least in two at the Sons of Thunder MC. Touch DNA and means of new techniques to put you in jail for life. I need that manual back. Think on it if you have any brain cells left. Just remember flashbangs go off at 05:00 prompt, and some of the rifles them boys out in California got have awful, awful.”

Fans. I fear he is my typical fan.

I amazes me that I so flummox authoritarians that they must ban my words in the prisons and yet people who are free to read anything they want don’t buy my books. I had intended for Expect No Mercy, which is named for a Bandidos patch not a 70s band, by the way, to tell the public at large what they should know about bikers, outlaws, the government and cops. But the only way that will happen is if the book sells 3,000 copies. Really, that’s the number. Three thousand. How many Bandidos are there? How many Mongols, Angels, Gypsy Jokers, Sons, Vagos, Outlaws, Warlocks? Three thousand? So far Expect No Mercy has sold three percent of that.

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So here I am busking and panhandling like a depression era bum again. If only I had joined the ATF I could now be retired and scraping by on $100,000 a year and some obedient publisher, William Morrow or Crown maybe, would have paid me my book money up front. I wonder how many copies Koz is going to sell.  I wonder what his advance will be.

I don’t make very much money per copy by the way. Even if it does sell 3000 copies this month I am still going to be some guy living below the poverty line and getting threats from morons. Writers don’t make money. Publishers and Amazon make money. You will not be seeing me on CNN or the Bill Maher show. But I really would like to stick it the the people who thought it was just fine to set up a fight at the Twin Peaks and then lie about it

Please be a copy of the book by clicking the cover below. Please read the book. If you like a previous book, if you like Out Bad, I am quite certain you will like this one more. Please tell people what you think of it. If you like it please do what you can to sell some copies. Make your prospect buy it. Tell your kid’s teacher to make her book club buy it. Please don’t let it go down the drain. And for God’s sake would somebody please write a nice review!

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68 Responses to “Buy The Book!”

  1. Shovel Says:

    The book was a great read. For bikers “it ain’t over till the Fat Man kicks Stubbs ass.”

  2. NoOneInParticlar Says:

    Ratings are important on Goodreads, but actual reviews make the difference. Please post here too. This site is owned by Amazon.
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49004784-expect-no-mercy

  3. gordo Says:

    Rebel

    Books bought

    Ride/write on in the New Year

    Nuff said

  4. oldskewl Says:

    The book has been a hit with everyone I’ve shared it with. Bought four copies and handed them around, so far one has been read cover to cover and two others are about to be completed. They will be handed to other members for reading. Not everyone reads books anymore but those who do loved it.

    OS

  5. Paladin Says:

    Dear Rebel;

    Thank you for an excellent read. I just left you a review on Amazon. Amazon says it may take a day or possibly two to post. And as always, long may you ride.

    Paladin

  6. neggy Says:

    Best 20 bucks I have spent on a book in a while… and I buy a lot of books.

    Great read Mr. Rebel !

  7. Freebird Says:

    Just finished it. Great job Rebel!!!!

    Maybe some day that torch will land in a big pile of Texas cedar

    Let the motherfucker burn

  8. Dusty Says:

    I will buy the book today, I will read it as fast as I can and I will write a review, a good one. Thank you for what you do.

  9. NoOneInParticular Says:

    As well as leaving reviews on Amazon, it is also important to leave reviews on Goodreads. As of tonight there are 12 reviews on Amazon but only one on Goodreads plus 3 ratings and 3 “to-read”s.
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49004784-expect-no-mercy?from_search=true&qid=Wvl09XO1nj&rank=7

  10. xplor Says:

    Good book. well researched. though provoking.

  11. troll Says:

    Merry Christmas Rebel
    Sorry to bother you today [I know you won’t see this for a day or three] but I’m computer stupid.Tried to buy a book today ,but my email don’t get along with amazon.Wondered if I can get this at a bookstore or other venue?
    Also ,thank you for keeping my brother Freddy in the hearts and minds of your readers.
    As always, thanks for what you do.
    Troll1% LPDP

  12. Catfish OCNY Says:

    Just ordered. I’m sure it’s awesome, just like the rest of your work Rebel. Merry Christmas to all.

  13. Ride It Wrench It Says:

    Purchased from Amazon and it arrived today. I’ve been reading your articles since 2012 and appreciate the work you do. Have a Very Merry Christmas!

  14. Shovelhead Says:

    Started reading the book, I like your style of writing. Started to make me think…What ever happened to the Coward Kristopher Stone an IO prospect who murdered Zach “Nasty” Tipton a full patch holder of the Black Pistons mc in Florida? Stone was never charged and disappeared. This piece of shit Stone should never find peace, not even on Christmas!

    Respect for 1%ers

  15. Midknight Says:

    Definitely a story that needs to be told and obviously takes tremendous courage to expose the truth of what really went on behind the scenes. You would think a book like this would be a best seller. I have no idea how the book business works but promotion seems to be extremely important. If it wasn’t for this blog I wouldn’t know the book exists. I will do what I can to share the info. Look forward to reading it. Have a Merry Christmas Rebel.

  16. Phuquehed Says:

    I’m still in the early pages of Rebel’s book, but started to get curious about something, so I entered a bunch of the names Rebel has of people in his book, people who were less than heroic, less than having any integrity, all-out lying rats, and generally useless air-wasting fucktards.

    The first name I entered into a pronunciation AI program was Kozlowski, because I wanted to make sure I was pronouncing the name correctly in my head as I read.

    The AI pronunciation program came back with ‘stupid little bitch [stoo-pid lit-l bich]’.

    I thought that was ‘different’, so tried another of the names, Thomas Watkins, again, the AI program popped out ‘stupid little bitch [stoo-pid lit-l bich]’.

    So I went down a list of names and tried every one of them and the program was adament that this was the pronunciation of each of the names. They were:

    Jerry Brown
    Kamala Harris
    John ‘I Am a Lie’ Ciccone
    Michael Kramer
    John Carr
    Jay ‘Cum Chin’ Dobyns
    Kerrie ‘Durh?’ Droban
    Kenneth ‘Twat Lips’ Faderley
    Billy ‘My Name Fits Me’ Queen
    Daniel Horrigan
    Chris ‘I Ride Bitch’ Cervantes
    Doc ‘Snitches R Me’ Cavazos

    All came back with the same pronunciation of each of their names: ‘stupid little bitch [stoo-pid lit-l bich]’

    And this is still early in Rebels book. I’m sure the list will grow larger and the air-wasters who go on the list to see how their names are pronounced will more than likely come up exactly the same as those on this early list.

  17. Shakalak Says:

    I just ordered two paper copies – one for me, one for my dad. Part penance because I don’t check in as often as I used to (I keep hoping to see more about the Sonoma HA case – it is moving slow, but has all the elements), but mostly because I respect and enjoy your writing and the attitude behind it. Thanks.

  18. Floyd Says:

    Just bought the book for my Kindle. Bought the Twin Peaks book too while I was there. More than happy to support the effort you put into your writings. Thanks and have a merry Christmas.

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